Manchester United 7-4 Manchester City: One-sided combined XI ahead of the derby, with no Rooney or Di Maria

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With the Manchester Derby coming up this Sunday, here’s a combined XI of the two sides based on players’ form this season, with a surprisingly one-sided battle seeing the Red Devils come out on top – some feat considering they finished 7th last season while much of this City squad made up their title-winning squad…

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Here’s our best effort using the 4-1-4-1 that has served Louis van Gaal’s side so well in recent games…

GK: David de Gea (Manchester United)

Although Joe Hart has had a fine season, David de Gea is undoubtedly the star goalkeeper in the Premier League this season and takes the place in goal here.

DR: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

One of few City players to emerge with credit this season, Pablo Zabaleta remains a hugely important player for the club at right-back.

DL: Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Shame on Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov if Ashley Young is now ahead of them at left-back! A surprisingly strong season from the United man in a new position.

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